Governor Adams Oshiomhole has won his bid for a second term in office with a landslide. The incumbent governor was declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship elections, which pit him against six other candidates from other political parties.
Despite winning a whopping 73 per cent of the votes, however, Oshiomhole still faults the electoral system, which he said was fraught malpractice.
The action Congress of Nigeria candidate came out on top in Saturday’s showdown, beating out his top rival, Charles Airhiavbere of the People’s Democratic Party who came in second with 22 per cent of the total votes cast.
During Saturday’s electoral process however, Oshiomhole had accused the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) of “collaborating” with the ruling PDP to sabotage his victory in key states where he is a favorite.
He alleged that election materials had been deliberately late to some voting centers.
Oshiomhole still made a clean sweep of all 18 local government areas. Voter turn out was not as high as expected with only 647,698 votes cast, representing only 40 per cent of Edo state’s 1.6 million strong population.
With is victory secured, however, the governor-elect thanked security personnel for their efforts and called on all parties to work together for the good of the state.
How the other votes broke down:
- All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, came in third. Their candidate, Mr. Solomon Edebiri got 3,642 votes
- Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, came in fourth with candidate, Roland Izevbuwa.
- Frank Okonga of the Social Democratic Mega Party came in fifth place with 807 votes.
- Labour Congress Party was sixth place with 604 votes.
- And in seventh place was the National Conscience Party with 540 votes.